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Army February 28, 2013
A NEW initiative will bring
together serving and ex-serving
ADF personnel in an effort to
promote good health, provide
support and services, and encour-
age social connections by creat-
ing an environment where people
can get together to chat and share
skills and hobbies.
Based on the concept of Men's
Sheds, Defence Sheds will be estab-
lished in a number of locations
across Australia and will be open
to all current and former Defence
members regardless of whether or
not they have seen active service.
Set up by a group of veterans,
the initiative is in response to inci-
dence of post-traumatic stress dis-
order and other conditions affect-
ing ADF members. Defence Shed
encourages men and women to take
an interest in their health and over-
all wellbeing and will help provide
for members' mental, physical and
Defence Shed representative
Wayne Parsons said local sheds
would be set up in a number of
locations across Australia to ensure
they were accessible to as many
people as possible.
"Defence Shed will offer sup-
port to returned servicemen and
women, as well as those currently
serving, by providing them with
mateship, various hands-on activi-
ties, projects and social activities,"
Mr Parsons said.
DEFENCE and the Department of Veterans'
Affairs have come together to pledge closer coop-
eration and improved support services with a new
memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed in
Canberra on February 6.
The MOU has been developed to better coordi-
nate the delivery of care and support services.
It also introduces the concept of the "support
continuum"; the structure of systems that extends
across both Defence and Veterans' Affairs to deliv-
er the seamless care and support needed for eligi-
ble servicemen and women and their dependants.
A copy of the memorandum of understanding can be found
DVA sign off
Sheds light the way
Defence Sheds to help current and former military personnel connect
Support and backing of the
Defence Shed initiative has come
from the top, including CDF Gen
David Hurley and Maj-Gen John
"As Defence Shed develops,
more support and backing by the
right people of goodwill in and
outside of the ADF will widen the
ability of Defence Shed to help our
mates", Mr Parsons said.
The sheds will also provide
access to health, welfare and coun-
selling information and services
though the various professional net-
works and connections to others
within the Defence networks.
"It will be a meeting place
where people can discuss issues of
concern with like-minded mates,
work on projects together, get
involved in fundraising activities
with various charities and learn new
skills," he said.
For more information about the Defence
Shed initiative, go to www.defenceshed.com
Part of the team: The Defence Shed initiative aims to help past and present military members
socialise and contribute to their communities.
File photo by Capt Jesse Platz
THE Director of Relocations and Housing, Alan
McClelland, reminded personnel applying for the
Defence Home Ownership Assistance Scheme
(DHOAS) to complete the Subsidy Authorisation
Request Form within three months of settlement.
"Once members draw down a DHOAS loan with
a home loan provider, they're required to submit the
completed and signed form to the Department of
Veterans' Affairs," he said.
"DVA will only authorise the commencement of
a member's monthly subsidy payment when it has
received a completed and signed form.
"If members are deployed immediately after
establishing a DHOAS loan and are unable to submit
a declaration form prior to their deployment, they
should notify DVA before they deploy."
DVA can be contacted on 1300 434 627 or email
to submit form
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